Thousand questions for Prof. Ahmed Samater
1-If the Prof agrees that Somaliland did very good after disassociating itself with Somalia, why is he warning against total break-up?
2-If the medicine called Somaliland Republic, self prescribed by the people of Somaliland for themselves after a long ailment, produced favorable results for everybody concerned, and the Doctor of Politics was himself confessing to that , why would he advise the discontinuation of that medicine?
3- Does not that make him some what a strange Doctor who does not want the political process to get well?
4- One reason that the Doctor of Politics based on his objection to Somaliland, despite the fact that he was congratulating all the successes of that society that he claimed to have studied with detached and unemotional scholarly manner, is the somewhat bizarre reason that Somaliland if recognized will fragment into mini-mini states? Well my question here is: Did that happen in Syria and Egypt, in Gambia and Senegal, Slovakia and Czech Republic and many other places that abolished their union and opted for their old status as separate states?
5-Did he ever reflect on what the situation would have been, had the people of Somaliland still depended on approval for any action that they are taking on a Government in the Somalia?
6-Would it have been Possible for the body that is called Somaliland to heal itself, if they joined their mind with the minds in Mogadisho.? God forbid that.
7-Why would the Doctor of Politics advice Somaliland which is completely recovered, not to get out of the hospital until Somalia gets on its feet. Would not a good doctor of politics say: Good luck and pray for your brother! The prognosis is not good for Somalia; however your road to recovery might become tempting to them, once they see that it took you out of hospital. Would not a good Doctor say that?
8-While the Prof is conceding to the undeniable fact of the great society and the promising opportunities that the people of Somaliland made for themselves, why would not he concede to the fact that all the success that the people of Somaliland reached is based only in one statement: FORGET THE PAST THIRTY YEARS AND BEGIN AGAIN. ?
9- Why don’t he prescribe the same therapeutical approach to the country called Somalia, instead of telling Somaliland, which is already recovered, to change the course and tie their fate with that of the sick minds’ body in Somalia?
10-Is the Doctor of Politics trying to cure one country at the expense of the other? Or is he trying to kill them both. Or is he involved in some grand experiment of Political Engineering?
11-If the Prof agrees to the fact that the UNION was a voluntary act unexercised by the people of the two nation sates of Somaliland and Somalia, why would not the dissolution of the union be a voluntary act also?
12- Is my professor telling me that the union of 1960 between the two nations was a permanent, forever contract? Was it sanctioned in the heaven?
13- Can the Prof tell me how high the bar for dissolving that union is?
14- Is the near total annihilation of the majority people in one nation, a so trivial a matter that it does not reach the bar in the Professors’ books for dissolving the union?
15- If the ethnic cleansing can be the cause of the dissolution of Yugoslavia, and therefore Bosnia is a state of its’ own today, with the blessings of the entire world including you, then why on earth would you deny the same rights for your own people?
16- May I ask you, what would be the extent of the damage by one nation on the other to qualify it for the right of opting out of the union?
17- You are from Somaliland. We two grew up in the same town. You were always a man of exceptional talents. Perhaps you are the best soccer player I have ever seen in my life, one of the best singers I have ever listened to, a great broadcaster and journalist both in the BBC and radio Mogadisho, and Now an internationally respected professor. I ask you with all your talents and education what have you done for your people in Somaliland?
18-Did you participate in the peace processes and the conflict resolution programmes.
19-Did you contribute to the democratization processes and the elections that earned the
respect and the praise of all the free people in the world?
20-Did you in any way contribute to the development of the country in any sector: Health, Education, Infrastructure, Agriculture, Trade, Sports, and Culture in anything in anything?
21-Did you ever volunteer to teach one trimester in Amoud, your alumni, or in Hargeisa or Buroa?
22-Do you pay any taxes to the Government of Somaliland?
23-Then do you have the right to express an opinion on a process that you chose to ignore in its’ totality?
24- Why would your opinion about this process that has brought positive results for everybody concerned be termed by you as sad and unfortunate?
25- Does anything sad and unfortunate produce something as beautiful as Somaliland, a beauty that you yourself can not deny?
26-For fifteen years you were saying Somaliland will fail, and on the contrary we were doing better and better. Did we or did we not prove that you were wrong for fifteen years?
27-If you were wrong for fifteen years; does that mean that you will continue to be wrong forever? Or will you stop for a moment. Reflect and say: May be I missed something!!?
28-The professor said that the process is not unanimously endorsed by all the regions of Somaliland. One example, a region in the east. My question is: Does the rule of ALL OR NON APPLY HERE? Since when was unanimity of an opinion a factor in politics? What happened to the rule of the majority vote? Can one region have a veto on the process over the totality of the others? Do you see that as fair?
29- Here in Canada the debate for the Independence and seperation of Quebec is whether the bar to reach is 50%+1 or over 60%. . Why would the Doctor of Politics apply a different set of rules that calls for a 100% to Somaliland, while he knows that we have got over 90% ayes? Is not that a little discriminatory?
30- Did the professor dig into the secret behind the success of Somaliland?
31-Does three Somali separate, independent states ring a bell?
32-Why would the professor hold together two of them while leaving the other on its’ own?
33-Does not that show that what he is advocating is not a pan-Somali union?
34-If it is not a Pan-Somali union what is that he is talking about, then why holding this two together? Is there a conspiracy here? To whom is the conspiracy directed? What is going on?
35-Ultimately is not the condition of the people and what is good for them the deciding factor?
So far is Somaliland good for the people in Somaliland? Why be against what is good for the people?
36-If Somaliland is recognized people will have markets for their livestock and products. Are you my professor against that?
37-If Somaliland is recognized students will get scholarships around the world and many will get PhDs like you, are you against that?
38-If Somaliland is recognized more companies will come and invest in this peaceful democratic place and resources will be tapped and people will be employed. Are you against that my professor?
39-Just last week I was with members of the Canadian parliament discussing means of rebuilding the infrastructure in Somaliland. It would have been easier had Somaliland been a member state of World Bank and other International agencies. Are you against the rebuilding of roads my professor?
40- Would not everything be in the plus if Somaliland was recognized. Are you against the progress of your people my dear professor?
41-I know from long time in Mogadisho that you had a lot of friends from Majeertinia. I remember Mr Walde. Adam Biihi. Hassan Ali Mirreh. Nothing wrong with that. Now I know you are writing a book about Abdirazak Haji Hussein. Nothing wrong with that. I know that you are a friend of General Abshir Musa. Nothing wrong with that. I just want to know whether you are borrowing their ideas or this is your independent thinking.
42- Political ideas are usually laden with regional biases. When I listen to your ideas, I see them carrying the biases and the jargon of Bosaso, rather than Gabileh and Borama. I do not see anything wrong with that People are free for their independent choices. . I just want to know whether you are aware of it or not?
I have got more than a thousand questions for the professor and his like, however this is all I think you can tolerate to read.